We attended the press conference in Canmore this afternoon where Canada’s team of cross-country skiers was announced.
Brian McKeever, who is legally blind, was named to the team along with Stefan Kuhn, Dasha Gaiazova, and Madeleine Williams. McKeever will be the world’s first winter sport athlete to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic winter games.
2006 gold-medalist Chandra Crawford and silver-medalist Sara Renner along with Perianne Jones will complete the women’s side of the team.
In addition to the above-named skiers, rounding out the men’s team will be George Grey, Ivan Babikov, Devon Kershaw, and Alex Harvey(missing from photo). Canadian men have never won a medal in cross-country skiing at the Olympics but these guys have a good shot at changing that.
One of the hottest skiers right now is Dasha Gaiazova of Banff. She won three of her four Olympic Qualifying races, then finished 12th in a world cup sprint last weekend in Estonia.
You can see all of Canada’s Olympic X-Country skiers in action at the Canmore World Cup races Feb 5, 6.
SkiHere.ca wishes all the best to our Olympic cross-country skiers!